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Jolly Roger Flies on the Cruiser Aurora's Mast
17.10.2011 11:04
Jolly Roger Flies on the Cruiser Aurora's Mast

On the 16th of October, in St. Petersburg, three young people climbed he mast of the famous cruiser “Aurora” and ran up a Jolly Roger flag where the revolutionary red Bolsheviks' banner once fluttered. After that they remained sitting on the mast.

      On the whole, there were 8 teenagers, who managed to sneak onboard the ship, now a museum, while 30 their friends watched them from shore. Five of them were detained by staff on the cruiser and transferred to a local police station. They will be charged with vandalism and conducting an unauthorized campaign. The remaining three youngsters, however, remained on the mast after hoisting the colors.

      Soon after the incident took place, police and rescuers arrived on the scene. They tried to persuade the young people to climb down from the mast. The latter, however, refused to descend until the five who had been arrested were released. At last, the rescuers were able to take them down and bring to the police. The Jolly Roger was removed.

      While young offenders have been took out of the cruiser, their supporters were chanting: "Freedom! Freedom!". Later the arrestees were nailed on charge for the public nuisance, according to an article 20.1 - "disorderly conduct."

      A St. Petersburg organization called “Narodnaya Dolya” (“People's Take”) and “Food for Bombs” claimed responsibility for the incident, which was named "A Memorable October, or Aurora's Sunday". Their declared aim is to protest against poverty in Russia. 


Sources: Russia Today

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: St. Petersburg protest actions Aurora cruiser   

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